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Pros and Cons



1. Natural Beauty: Granite's unique mineral patterns and color variations provide a timeless and natural aesthetic appeal to any space.

2. Durability: Being an igneous rock, granite is highly resistant to scratches, impacts, and heat, making it suitable for high-traffic areas and kitchen countertops.

3. Heat Resistance: Granite's ability to withstand high temperatures makes it a safe choice for placing hot pots and pans directly onto the surface.

4. Value Addition: The use of granite surfaces can increase the resale value of a property due to its perceived luxury and durability.

5. Variety: With countless color and pattern options available, homeowners can find a granite slab that perfectly complements their design vision.


1. Maintenance: Granite is porous and requires regular sealing to prevent stains and bacterial growth, which can be a maintenance inconvenience.

2. Limited Color Choices: While granite offers a broad range of options, it might not match the extensive palette available in engineered stones like quartz.

3. Susceptibility to Cracking: Although durable, granite can crack if subjected to severe impacts.



1. Durability: Quartz countertops are engineered to be incredibly durable, resisting scratches, impacts, and staining.

2. Non-Porous: The non-porous surface of quartz prevents the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew, making it exceptionally hygienic.

3. Low Maintenance: Unlike natural stones, quartz does not require sealing, reducing long-term maintenance efforts.

4. Consistency: The engineered nature of quartz ensures a uniform appearance throughout the slab, making it easy to achieve a desired design theme.

5. Color and Pattern Choices: Quartz offers an extensive array of colors and patterns, catering to a wide range of design preferences.


1. Heat Sensitivity: While quartz is heat-resistant to a certain extent, it is not recommended to place extremely hot objects directly on the surface.

2. UV Sensitivity: Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can cause the colors of quartz to fade over time.

3. Price Range: High-quality engineered quartz can be comparably priced to some natural stones due to its manufacturing process.



1. Elegance and Durability: Quartzite combines the elegance of marble with the durability of granite, offering a stunning and robust surface.

2. Heat Resistance: Similar to granite, quartzite can handle high temperatures, making it suitable for kitchen applications.

3. Varied Aesthetics: The range of colors and veining patterns in quartzite can rival those of marble, allowing for diverse design possibilities.

4. Repairability: Unlike some surfaces, scratches, dings, and dents can usually be repaired by a trained fabricator.


1. Maintenance: Like granite, quartzite needs periodic sealing to prevent staining and to maintain its appearance.

2. Price: High-quality quartzite can be on the pricier side due to its visual appeal and durability.

3. Scratch Sensitivity: While durable, quartzite is not entirely scratch-proof and can be susceptible to scratches from sharp objects.



1. Luxurious Aesthetic: Marble's unique veining patterns and smooth surface create an unmatched sense of luxury and elegance.

2. Cool Surface: Marble stays naturally cool, making it suitable for use in baking and pastry preparation.

3. Timelessness: Marble has a timeless appeal that transcends design trends and adds a classic touch to any space.

4. Carving Potential: Its softness allows intricate carving, making it a favorite for sculptures and ornate designs.


1. Scratch and Stain Sensitivity: Marble is softer than granite and quartzite, making it prone to scratches and susceptible to staining from acidic substances.

2. Maintenance: Regular sealing and careful maintenance are essential to preserve its appearance and prevent damage.

3. Limited Color Range: Marble's color palette is more limited compared to other stones like granite and quartz.

4. Not Suitable for High-Traffic Areas: Due to its softness, marble is not recommended for high-traffic areas like kitchen countertops.



1. Stain Resistance: Porcelain's non-porous surface makes it highly resistant to stains from liquids such as wine, vinegar, and acidic substances. This characteristic ensures easy clean-up and maintenance.

2. Heat Resistance: Porcelain is heat-resistant and can withstand hot pots, pans, and dishes without damage. This feature is especially beneficial in kitchen environments where direct heat exposure is common.

3. Hygiene: The non-porous nature of porcelain prevents the growth of bacteria and mold on the surface, contributing to a more hygienic environment, particularly in food preparation areas.

4. UV Resistance: Porcelain countertops are UV-stable, making them suitable for outdoor applications. They won't fade or deteriorate when exposed to sunlight over time.


1. Hardness: While the hardness of porcelain is an advantage, it can also be a drawback as it might make it prone to chipping or cracking if heavy objects are dropped on the surface.

2. Edges and Corners: Due to the hardness of porcelain, fabricating edges and corners can be more challenging than with other materials. Specialized tools and techniques might be required.  *International Stoneworks has the proper equipment and craftsmen to fabricate and install porcelain.  Call us to discuss your specific project.*

3. Edges and Seams: Seams in porcelain countertops can be more noticeable compared to some other materials due to its uniform pattern. Edges require special treatment because the print does not permeate through the material. 



1. Distinctive Texture: Soapstone's unique soapy touch sets it apart, making it a sensory delight for touch-oriented designs.

2. Heat Retention: Soapstone's excellent heat retention properties make it perfect for surfaces near stoves and fireplaces.

3. Aging Gracefully: Soapstone develops a beautiful patina over time, adding character and depth to its appearance.


1. Scratch Vulnerability: Soapstone is softer and can be scratched easily, although minor scratches can be sanded out.

2. Limited Color Range: The color choices are primarily limited to shades of gray, black, and green.

3. Regular Oil Application: To maintain its appearance and develop an even patina, soapstone requires regular oiling.

4. Susceptibility to Chemicals: Soapstone can react with certain acids and chemicals, potentially leading to surface damage.

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International Stoneworks is your premier destination for exquisite stone installations in Colorado Springs, Denver, Larkspur, Perry Park, Monument, and throughout the Front Range. With years of experience and a passion for transforming spaces, we are dedicated to bringing beauty and elegance to your home or business through our impeccable craftsmanship. At International Stoneworks, we understand that each project is unique, and we take pride in our ability to deliver custom solutions tailored to your specific needs. Whether you're looking to upgrade your kitchen countertops, enhance your bathroom vanities, or create a stunning fireplace surround, our skilled team of experts is here to turn your vision into reality.

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